Week 8: 1st March 2021

So it looks like this will be the last week of home learning!! Well done for getting through this term – we are so proud of you all and can’t wait to see you next week. We know that coming back to school will be exciting for some of you, however others will be feeling very nervous about it. Don’t forget you can email your teachers with any concerns or worries you may have about coming back to school. We are all in this together and we will make sure your first day back is fun and as stress free for you all as possible.

The literacy and maths tasks will follow the same format this week, however all the other tasks are planned around World Book Week! World book day is celebrated on Thursday 4th March, however because we love reading so much we have decided to celebrate it all week!

This week the whole school will come together to celebrate ‘World Book Week’. Everyone in the school, whether working from home or in school, will be completing the same activities.

You may choose to get all your year group literacy and maths tasks completed at the beginning of the week and then complete the World Book day tasks on the Thursday and Friday. You may choose to spread them out across the whole week? The choice is yours. If you have Orchard Junior School siblings at home, you may like to complete these tasks together as everyone in the school will be completing the same activities.

If you would like the task sheets in WORD format, please email Mrs. Dew: and she will then send you an attachment with them in.

This week, we have attached the weekly overview sheet that accompanies the Home learning print out packs.

Literacy Day 1

Day 1:

Today you are going to do a character comparison of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.  How are they similar?  How are they different? Using evidence from the text, write what we know and what we can infer about the two characters.  You will see a list of quotes on the sheet.  Choose 3 quotes to use for each character.  When using a quote, just use the first 4 or 5 words of the quote and end with an ellipse.  For example, “Macbeth’s mind was consumed…” This will save you copying lots and lots!  The best answers will start with a quote; then an explanation as to what that quotes tells us; then a sentence to explain what that says about Macbeth.  Look at the example on the sheet.


 It will help if you do Guided reading first this week as it takes you through the next part of the story.


So, we know that Macbeth cannot get the idea of being King out of his mind.  He has told his wife all about the witches’ predictions and she, who is more ambitious and power-hungry than Macbeth, wants to hurry things along.

This week we are going to consider this question:

Is Macbeth strong and ruthless or is he a weak man ruled by his wife?


For the next two days, you need to get back into role as Macbeth.  We’d like you to write two paragraphs showing the two sides of Macbeth’s conscience.  One paragraph will be the power-hungry ambitious side where you will talk about all the reasons he should kill King Duncan.  The other paragraph with be the side that acknowledges how wrong it is and explain the reasons he doesn’t want to carry out the murder, This paragraph will also talk about not wanting to say no to Lady Macbeth and how she is forcing him into it.

As you have two days for this writing, we are expecting high quality, detailed writing.  Watch the video for a recap on how to use colons and semi-colons as well as brackets, dashes and commas.  Make sure you use this variety of punctuation in your writing.  If you’d like to try using some Shakespearean language, use your bookmark from last week to help you.

Literacy Day 2+3


This week’s spellings are homophones. Look carefully at the different spellings and check you understand the two different meanings.

Guided Reading:

We continue with our Macbeth text this week. Answer the tasks by reading pages 13-17.


Day 1 - Finding the area of parallelograms :

Please watch the video to discover how to find the area of a parallelogram and why. Feel free to pause the video at any point and go back over parts. Use the formula to help you work through the task. Choose between the two versions of the task – one has slightly easier numbers if you are still working on your multiplication method. Once you have finished either task, if you feel ready to stretch yourself, there is a challenge task that requires you to mix your knowledge of area of triangles, parallelograms and of rectangles. Please check and mark all of your work using the answer sheets.

Day 2 Finding the volume of cuboids - PIECE OF WORK TO BE HANDED IN:

Please watch the video input – this will support with this task and day 3’s task. If you have any blocks/ bricks (e.g. Lego, Duplo, building blocks, multi-link) these will allow you to join in the investigation – don’t worry if you don’t!  Feel free to pause the video at any point and go back over parts.  After the video, again there is a choice of tasks. The tasks are the same but you can choose between easier and harder numbers depending on your confidence with multiplying. Please check your work using the answer sheet.

Day 3:

You may wish to re-watch the Day 2 video (perhaps just the last part) or begin the task. This task requires your knowledge of the formula for finding the volume of a cuboid to find missing measurements.                                   

Think about the formula: L x W x H = V and write it with the information given to help you find and calculate what is missing. Again, make a choice between the task and easier version depending on your multiplication and division confidence. There is a challenge task, involving reasoning if you feel prepared.

Chapter 1
Maths Day 1 Video
Chapter 1
Maths Day 2 Video
Chapter 1
Rewatch if you need to!

It’s World Book Day WEEK…

This year we wanted to bring the whole school together to celebrate World Book Day! All this week we will be completing the same activities all based around the amazingly funny book series

This week, you will still have literacy and maths tasks to complete from your own year group but then all the extra activities this week, will be based around this new book, "Little Badman and  the radioactive Samosa." We hope you enjoy these fun activities and we can’t wait to see what you come up with.

Chapter 1
Introduction Video
  • Your book day voucher will be available for you to collect outside the school office with the year group work packs from Monday 1st March.

  • If you would rather wait to collect your voucher once you are all back to school that is fine.

  • Click the image of the voucher for the link to the voucher so if you have access to a printer you can print the voucher yourself.

  • The vouchers are valid until 28th March, however participating shops will honour the tokens beyond this date while stocks last.

  • The world book day books are available at all large supermarkets so have a look online and choose which book you would like.

  • Tell an adult and next time they go to the shop, hopefully, they could pick up your book! Maybe you will like to buy ‘The Little Badman Radioactive Samosa’ book and see what happens in the end!

Book 1

Book 2

Book 3

New Book you can buy with your £1 voucher


Overview of tasks – World Book Week – All Year group

Session 1:

  • Watch the video by the two authors of ‘The Little Badman’ books. 

  • Watch Mrs Clothier’s video introducing the tasks for this week.

  • Brainstorm of foods and super powers.

Chapter 1
Session 1 Video

Session 2:

  • Decide upon the food and super power you are going to create for your story.

  • Draw the food, giving it life like features and annotate with the super powers it will give you. What will you do with the super powers to help people?

  • Click the links below to look at Art Hub or Draw with Rob videos to help bring your food to life (when on both sites, scroll down to see the help videos.)

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Chapter 1
Session 2 Video

Session 3:

  • Decide upon a short story plot. Where will you find your food? What happens when you first eat it? When do you discover you have the super power? Answer the questions on the sheet provided.

  • Look at my example to help give you some ideas for what you could include.

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Session 3 Video

Session 4:

  • Decision time…

  • You can now decide on how you will present your ideas, will you:

  • Create a cartoon comic strip showing where and when you eat your food

  • Draw the front cover for your story taking inspiration from the original front covers.

  • Write the blurb that would be on the back of the book if you were to create this book.

  • You may decide to do all of these activities, which would be great.

Chapter 1
Session 4 Video


  • If you are happy to share your final piece, please send it to   We will be creating a display in the library of all your fantastic work!


P.E at home – Week 8

Let’s get active! Round 2


Make sure you have a safe space to exercise and a drink of water nearby


This week you are challenged to complete the workout video:

Can you complete it once every day?


Can you beat the number of workouts you did last week?

Bronze – 1 Day 
Silver – 2 Days
Gold – 3 Days
Platinum – 5 Days

Keep in touch:

Mr Ramsey would love to hear how you got on with this PE challenge. 

Keep him posted with your results so he can see your progress so email him through PURPLEMASH.

Food fact of the week: Bananas are berries... and strawberries aren't!

Bananas are actually classified as berries, while strawberries are members of the rose family.

Here are some seriously cool facts about bananas!

  • Bananas can float in water

  • Bananas can help improve your mood and lower blood pressure

  • Rubbing the inside of a banana peel on a mosquito bite can help keep it from itching

  • Humans share about 50% of their DNA with bananas!

So... How did you do?

What level did you score?

Want to stay in contact?


To find your class blog, go to the Purple Mash home page and find the ‘Tools’ box. Find the Communicate box and click on 2blog. Here you will find your class blog from which you will be able to contact your teacher and members of your class. Make sure your messages are kind and helpful. You can also email each other or the teachers through Purple Mash.


You can email things you've done to your class teacher at "classname" Someone will try to look at the emails each week day and get back to you. 

As always, we would like you to practice your times tables and spellings.

Parents please test your children in the way we do at school - they will tell you how!


Reading at least three times a week.

The Alphabet Watercolor


Check here for this week's spelling list.

Image by Chris Liverani


Children must practice weekly their times tables to get their next award.